Halloween costumes: Too much skin?
“Halloween is the one time of year a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girl can say anything about it,” said “Mean Girls” protagonist Cady Heron played by Lindsay Lohan.
Whenever “Halloween” and “females” are placed together in the same sentence, the first stereotype that often comes to mind is the word “slut.” Walking through the women’s section of a Halloween costume store, one can see how such a stereotype came about. Bedazzled bras in lieu of tops, short shiny skirts, skin-tight bodysuits—the list goes on and on.
In the seemingly endless debate on provocative costumes, there is an immediate conflict between a woman’s right to wear what she wants and the objectification of women that hypersexualized costumes promote. On one hand, women should be encouraged to freely choose their own clothing and feel empowered by what they wear as long as it doesn’t overly offend anyone. On the other hand, the overwhelming number of “sexy” costumes Halloween stores make for women can be seen as objectifying women by pressuring them to display their bodies in a potentially sexual manner.
Then, of course, there’s the entire problem of what exactly is considered “hypersexualized.” But really, this is all subjective because each and every person can perceive a costume differently and can feel different wearing a costume.
At the end of the day, Halloween costume stores ultimately make so many provocative Halloween costumes because people buy them, creating a demand for more. Regardless of how it affects the issue of gender stereotyping, businesses see the demand for such costumes, and thus continue to supply them.
So you know what? Why don’t we wear what we want regardless of the pressures of society? For high school students though, let’s all just try to stick to the dress code.
But if anyone truly wants to be both terrifyingly scary and provocative, there’s always the sexy female Donald Trump outfit. Yes, it’s an actual purchasable costume. You go, Donna T. Rumpshaker. Go scare the living daylights out of all those children.
Comic by Samantha Yuhan